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North Texas Vaccine Hubs Prepare to Offer Pfizer Dose to Children Ages 12-15

Parents can preregister their children with Dallas & Tarrant County websites

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Those as young as 12 could be inoculated at Dallas' Fair Park COVID-19 vaccine hub site as soon as Saturday, county officials say.

The announcement came after the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use approval for the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15.

Dallas County Public Health Director Dr. Philip Huang encouraged parents to pre-register their kids for the vaccine on the county website. Those 17 years old and younger must have parental approval to receive the shot.

"We just want to make sure that kids come out on a day when the Pfizer vaccine is being administered and, if that registration info is filled out beforehand it’s like the quick pass at Disney World," Huang said.

The FDA authorized emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 Monday. NBC 5’s Katy Blakey reports those as young as 12 could be inoculated at Dallas’ Fair Park COVID-19 vaccine hub site as soon as Saturday.

Tarrant County is also allowing parents to pre-register their children on the county site, though Judge Glenn Whitley said with supply far exceeding demand it is not necessary.

"With that, we really need to rethink how we’re going to get vaccines out, but again the students may be the last big hurrah," Whitley said.

Parents can pre-register their children here and the county will notify them about scheduling an appointment or letting them know where walk-ups are allowed.

Those younger than 18 will need to bring a birth certificate or proof of their age. Tarrant County Public Health also said parents need to bring identification.

Denton County Public Health said once the Pfizer shot is approved for those 12 to 15 it would update its online portal to allow parents to register their children.

Immunology is one of the specialties of Dr. Jane Lee of the Texas Allergy Center. In light of of the FDA authorizing the Pfizer vaccine for use in children ages 12-15, she tells NBC 5's Brian Curtis the shot could help children enjoy their summers.

In a statement, the Dallas Independent School District said "DISD is aware of the approval of the Pfizer vaccine and is discussing ways to make the vaccine available for interested students."

South Oak Cliff High School's Principal, Dr. Willie Johnson, said he believes it will be big step to help ensure the next school year is smooth.

“Normalcy is very important, and the vaccine is critical for us to function in a normal way," he said. “It’s very important that we ensure that all our students are safe that way we won’t have to start and stop school based on increased infections."

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